“I just felt like running….”

…said Forrest Gump.  I never thought I’d be a runner and truth is, I still don’t consider myself a runner.  My fitness-nut-brother-in-law told me when I started my diet and exercise plan that I’d be running before long.  I scoffed at the notion (I’ve used the word “scoffed” in 2 consecutive blog posts).

Jay's 5K

I did run a 5K last spring.

I’m no stranger to running.  I ran track through school and even ran cross country my freshman year in high school.  But the rest of my running was always a means to an end.  Football, basketball, etc. all involved running but not running just for the sake of running.  And heaven knows that I haven’t even ran for those sports in the past 25 years.

So imagine my surprise a couple of months ago when in the middle of a 40 minute treadmill session I suddenly broke into a jog.  I thought, “what the heck are you doing”?  But there I was shuffling along at a pace quicker than a walk, but not quite a sprint.  And, I’ve continued to run since then.  A little faster than the first time, and a little further each week.

Then, I committed to 10 miles per week from now until Easter as part of an effort through Church to get folks moving in the new year.  Now, I’ve ran 25 miles in the past 2 weeks.

If you know me, then you might have always though I had something in common with Forrest Gump.  But, I’ll bet you didn’t think that it was running!



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